Destiny Survival Radio Interview

As mentioned in this week’s Monday Musings, here are the links to the Destiny Survival Radio Interview.

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A big thank you to John Wesley Smith for having me on his show!

How to Avoid Getting Trapped in Your Office Building

How to Avoid Getting Trapped in your Office Building

I work in a high rise building downtown.  The other day I had the terrifying experience of getting trapped in an elevator with six other people.  It was lunch time and two out of four elevators were not working.  A crowd was forming to get on the two remaining elevators.  When I finally got my turn, six other people came in with me.  I already felt closed in, being in such tight quarters.  The doors closed and the elevator proceeded to move down.  The elevator suddenly stopped and everyone started looking around uncomfortably.  People started shuffling their feet.  It was a terrible feeling – what if this lasts a long time?  The guy closest to the emergency button pressed it and a loud buzzer sounded.  It felt like an eternity, but after about three minutes the elevator started moving again.  I got off the next stop even though it was not my floor.  I had uncomfortable shoes on, but I took the stairs 10 floors down.

This happened on a regular day, and it was scary enough.  Imagine if there were an emergency, power is going on and off and everyone is trying to get off the upper floors all at once.  The elevators would be jam packed and overweight, exceeding the weight limit.  There would be more chances of a breakdown.

I realize even if you are one of the first to leave there are still lots of others trying to leave at the same time.  People may be orderly at first, but that is until someone starts to panic.  Panic spreads quickly and before your know it, chaos can ensue. 

Get in the mindset to prepare in case of emergency and you find yourself at work.

1.  Know where the stairwells are located and where they lead.

2.  Stock your desk with bottled water and non perishable food just in case.

3.  Keep a pair of comfortable shoes in your desk drawer, just in case you have to run down the stairs or have to walk home.

4.  Keep a few emergency items such as a flashlight if you have to find your way out in the dark, extra jacket or blanket, Swiss Army knife umbrella or rain gear etc.

5.  Assemble a small First Aid kit for your desk.  Include personal necessities such as contact lens solution, extra pair of glasses, asthma inhaler, or other prescription medications etc. just in case you are unable to leave for a day or two.

6.  Plan a walking route in case the parking lot is inaccessible and have to walk home.

7.  Have alternate routes home, and paper maps to guide you if your GPS is not working.  Of course, you already have a car survival kit right?

8.  Be aware of what’s going on in your area – check the news on TV in the break room if you can, read the news online if you have access.

9.  If there is an impending natural disaster, or bad weather has already started early in the morning, consider staying home from work and taking the day off.  Sometimes the best precaution is just to stay away.

10.  It is a good idea to know who among your co-workers live in your area, so you can share a ride in case of emergency.

11.  Trust your gut.  Don’t hesitate to leave your office if an emergency happens and your gut tells you it is time to leave.

12.  Know all the exits out of your office, the building as well as parking garage exits.

Make a plan on how you would handle a disaster at work now before an emergency occurs.  Thinking ahead will help you avoid panic and stay calm no matter what happens.

© Apartment Prepper 2015

Monday Musings: 9/28/2015 Fall Prepping Chores

Fall Prepping Chores

This post is by Bernie Carr,

Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links about all things preparedness, as well as updates on the blog.

Lots of blog updates this week…

An early start to the cold season  We got a early start with the cold season this year, with my son catching a bad cold and now has bronchitis.  The doctor said as soon as school starts they see an uptick in sick visits.  It is viral, so antibiotics are not needed, just symptom relievers.  We had some cold medicine stocked up but not nearly enough!   We now have to replace the items we had used up.

Fall is here!  It’s been a long, hot summer and we’re glad the fall weather is soon to come (any day now…)  This means it’s time to do a few fall prepping chores that we do every year:

  • As mentioned, rotate and stock up and cold medicines.  We hope we won’t need any more but just in case.
  • Clean up the balcony garden and replace with fall/winter plants.
  • The holidays are right around the corner, and we’ll be stocking up on items that normally go on sale:  flour and other baking ingredients, canned pumpkin, corn, green beans, instant mashed potatoes etc.
  • Check the cold weather gear, repair or replace blankets, sweaters, jackets etc.
  • Review power outage emergency supplies:  test and replace batteries, flashlights, light sticks, cooking backups, water and food storage etc.

Podcasts  A big thank you to Kat Yorba and Janet Garman for having me on their podcast, Around the Cabin’s 2 Chicks Chatting that aired 9/23/2015   I haven’t participated in a live podcast before, and found the discussions to be lively and engaging.  Kat runs the Simply Living Simply website and Janet runs the Timber Creek Farm blog.  You can check out the podcast archive here.

I also chatted with John Wesley Smith of Destiny Survival – that podcast will air this week.  I enjoyed speaking with John and will post the link as soon as it’s up.  Thanks John!

Giveaways are still going on! 

Now for the links…

10 Smart Survival Strategies for the Woman Living Alone

Make Your Food Stretch and Cut Waste

18 Off-Grid Uses For Tin Cans

Take care and have a great week everyone!


© Apartment Prepper 2015


Getting Started with Natural Remedies: Read Prepper’s Natural Medicine plus a Giveaway

If a disaster strikes and you or someone you know gets sick or injured, it may be difficult to get to a doctor or hospital right away.  The roads may be flooded, and the hospitals’ emergency departments may be overwhelmed with patients.  Knowledge of natural remedies to relieve minor illnesses and injuries is a valuable skill.  Prepper’s Natural Medicine by Cat Ellis is a great guide to get you started in learning about herbal remedies.

I found the book to be organized and well-written.  The author is knowledgeable about herbal remedies and imparts a lot of technical details in an easy to understand format.  Prepper’s Natural Medicine  will show you how to build your herbal first aid kit and give you recipes you can immediately start using to sooth allergies, relieve burns, ease a migraine headache and much more.  Reading the book encouraged me to learn more about herbal remedies.  I reached out to the author, Cat Ellis and she was happy to answer a few questions.
1.  What steps did you take to learn about herbs and natural remedies?
I’ve been studying herbs for the past twenty years or so, though there’s never really a point when you stop learning more. In the beginning it was mostly from books, personal experimentation, and talking with other herbal folks with more experience. Eventually, I took an herbal certification course, plus some additional herbal courses for prenatal and women’s health. I am also a massage therapist certified in MotherMassage, and a midwifery studies under my belt as well.
2.  There are a lot of herbs named in the book and readers may wonder how to go about identifying them.  There may be confusion about similar looking herbs – how do you learn to identify the correct ones?
Many of the herbs can be grown in your own herbal medicine garden, so growing them from seeds from reputable seed suppliers is a great way to be certain of what plant you have. As for identifying plants in the wild for harvesting, a practice known as wildcrafting, that will require a bit more study. While my book is primarily a medicine-making book, wildcrafting is an important skill, and I’ve listed a number of resources in the back of my book to help people out. Either have someone knowledgeable in local plant life show you how to properly identify local plants, or use one of the great regional guides out there for plant identification, such as the Peterson Field Guides. Some understanding of Botany is always helpful, and a wonderful book on that is Botany In A Day by Thomas Elpel
3.  What steps can an apartment prepper, who does not have a lot of space to plant herbs, take to get started in learning natural cures after reading your book?
There are many herbs that do well in pots placed in sunny windows. Add in a grow light or two, and maybe keep the temperature a little warmer in that room, and you can grow plenty of herbs like basil, cilantro, parsley, thyme, oregano, ginger, turmeric, prickly pear, aloe (which doesn’t really need as much light as one might think), just to name a few. There are also hydroponic systems for those who really want to kick their indoor gardening up a notch. Alternatively to growing your own herbs, you can buy dried herbs from multiple herbal suppliers from around the country.
4.  What is the best source for acquiring medicinal herbs?
Ideally, you could grow them yourself or find them growing wild nearby. Working with the fresh plant is almost always the best option. Certain plants, such as Gymnema sylvestre, aren’t sold live in the Unites States, so the best option is to order it dried from an herbal supplier like Mountain Rose Herbs.
5.  A while back I had read some controversy about the common cinnamon you find at the stores, and “real” cinnamon.   What do you think about this?  What is the best cinnamon to use?
Honestly, I don’t use enough of it to worry about this issue much. I use it as a flavoring and in some sore throat remedies, but cinnamon isn’t a plant I can grow here in New England. If there were a crisis and shipping were to be interrupted, then my cinnamon supply is cut off. However, ceylon cinnamon is reportedly safer in larger doses over longer periods of time, while cassia cinnamon packs more cinnamon flavor punch. However, for sore throats, blood sugar, cholesterol, and other issues cinnamon is reputed to assist, there are other plants which can be grown in most parts of the United States which can help. So, we’re looking at bitter herbs, like Oregon grape root, Amur cork tree, goldenseal, and the like. There are also demulcent herbs, like marshmallow and elm which can provide that slick, soothing feeling to a sort throat. Cinnamon is wonderful, but I in a crisis, I wouldn’t rely on it being available beyond what you can stock up on. Having a local plant that does the job is a more renewable and secure strategy.
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Survival Guide: What to Do When Major Man-Made Disasters Happen


We usually discuss preparing for and surviving natural disasters but today we feature an article about what to do when man-made disasters happen.

The following article is not from our usual preparedness/survival source, but from, a site for the game Fallout.   If you are not familiar with the game, it is post apocalyptic survival game available for the PC, X-box or PS 3.  The author sent me a link and I found it to have some good advice for surviving man-made disasters and makes a good crossover post.

Survival Guide: What to Do When Major Man-Made Disasters Happen

This article originally appeared in

Imagine when a nuclear bomb hits your city, decimating everything on impact. You miraculously survive the initial blast, but will you manage to escape the lethal effects of the radioactive fallout?

Or how about when a terrorist hijacks your plane or subway train – do you know the most important safety measures you need to observe to survive?

These doomsday scenarios can happen anywhere with brutal suddenness, and you must be prepared to do everything you can to protect yourself from injury and harm.

Even today the threat of a terrorist hijacking, bombing or even nuclear attack is palpable, but you can increase your chances of survival by reading through this terrorism survival guide.

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Wine and Liquor for Emergency Storage

Wine and Liquor for storageThis post is by Bernie Carr,

Alcohol is often mentioned in preparedness and survival discussions.  Many experts recommend storing bottles in your emergency supplies.

Why include alcoholic beverages for storage?

  • Wine has health benefits
  • Wine can be used for cooking and can be fermented into vinegar
  • Hard liquor can be used for disinfecting, due to the high alcohol content.
  • Alcohol can also be used as pain relief, when there is no anesthesia around
  • Alcohol can help fuel a fire.
  • Social aspects, such as a celebration or morale booster
  • Barter

(I left out “warmth in freezing temperatures” because drinking alcohol may make you feel warm initially, giving temporary relief, but in reality lowers your core temperature.)

Proper Storage of Wine

I am not a wine connoisseur, and I used to think that all wines age well.  I noticed we had a few bottles from many years ago that were gathering dust in the kitchen so I decided to read up on the subject.  I found out that modern, cheap to moderately priced wines are made to be used within two years of the date on the bottle.  Fine, expensive wines are the ones that tend to age well IF stored properly.

Bottle position:  Bottles should be stored horizontally.  That is why wine racks  usually store wine bottles on their side.  The reason for this is the cork will dry out quickly when the bottle is standing up, allowing oxygen to enter the bottle and hasten spoilage.  Even when lying down, one side of the cork will still dry out at some point.  There are exceptions.  Champagne and sparkling wines should be stored upright.

Humidity:  Wine experts recommend no more than 75% for proper storage

Temperature:  Wine is very susceptible to changes in temperature and humidity.  Ideal temperature range is 50-55ºF or 10-16ºC.  A temperature over >65ºF is considered too hot and may cause the wine to deteriorate faster.  Humidity will also affect your wines.

How will You Know if the Wine is Still Good

From everything I have read, the only way to know whether the wine is still good is when you open it.  When you taste the wine, you will know whether it tastes good or “off”  I opened up a bottle from 2009 and tasted it.  It was drinkable but you can tell the quality was not up to par.  Not wanting to waste it, I ended up using it for cooking.   Use caution and common sense when trying out old wine.  Tip:  to avoid leftover wine from going to waste, transfer to a freezable container and store in the freezer.    It won’t be great for drinking, but fine for cooking.

If you are going to store “regular” bottles of wine for long term, make sure they are stored properly, and be aware that they taste may deteriorate with age.

Hard Liquor

  • Rum
  • Brandy
  • Cognac
  • Gin
  • Whiskey
  • Tequila and others

The hard liquors fare better in storage.  They last indefinitely, due to the high alcohol content.  I would not go so far as say they will never spoil, as storage conditions can affect any storage item.  You will know if a bottle went bad, if you see discoloration, and it has an unpleasant smell or taste.

Proper Storage of Hard Liquor

As with other longer term storage food supplies, store your liquor in a cool, dark place, away from heat and light.

If you are already well prepared in the basics such as water, food, shelter, light/warmth, first aid supplies, defense and communication, and if you have the room, then certainly, storing extra alcohol can be a good part of an overall plan.

Emergencies can be stressful – an occasional drink of your favorite wine or liquor may provide some comfort.  Even if nothing happens, you won’t be empty handed the next time you have an impromptu party or celebration.  Just make sure you keep replacing and rotating your stock.

© Apartment Prepper 2015

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Monday Musings 9/14/2015 Just Released – The Penny-Pinching Prepper!


This post is by Bernie Carr,

Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links about all things preparedness, as well as updates on the blog.

First the blog updates…

Lot’s of happenings this week at Apartment Prepper!

Bernie's Latest Book

The Penny-Pinching Prepper has been released!  My new book, The Penny-Pinching Prepper was released much earlier than expected.  The publisher originally told me October 12 was the release date, then it got moved to September 21st; but when I checked last week, it turns out Amazon already had it for sale.   If you have ever been concerned about the high costs of prepping, this is the book for you.  It does not have to be expensive to prep.  Check it out!

My first book, Prepper’s Pocket Guide (Kindle version) will be on sale for $1.99 for one day only next week, Sept 21st.  It will be featured on the Kindle Daily Deal.  Normally priced at $8.99, you can get it Sept. 21st for just $1.99.

Our new subscriber form is up.  For far too long, I have not had a proper subscriber form, so readers can be informed of the latest posts.  I’ve had one sign-up form in the sidebar, but it was not getting much attention, being far to the the side.  Stay informed and sign up!   I’ll also be working on an exclusive newsletter just for subscribers.

A big thank you to Ready Made Resources  I’d like to thank Ready Made Resources for renewing with us once more.  They are having a huge Mountain House sale right now – lots of great deals!  Check them out at


Now for the links…

What to Do If you Think Someone is Following You While Walking

Preserving Apples – How to Make Applesauce, Apple leather and Dried Apple Slices

Off-Grid Bathroom

The Aging Prepper

The Frugal Magic of Substitution

How to Make the Best Jerky in Central Oregon

5 Bread Products to Stop Buying and Start Making at Home

Take care and have a great week everyone!

© Apartment Prepper 2015

Apartment Prepping Tips from Readers


This post is by Bernie Carr,

From time to time, helpful readers send me their best tips.  I thought I would share a variety to them so everyone can benefit.

General Prepping Tips

Firestarter Source:  My wife and I live in a tiny apartment with no washer/dryer.   As such, we have to use the wash station in the complex.  Something that I’ve done for a while now is when I open up the dryers, I clean out the lint trap (people rarely do this when that remove their clothes.)   I have collected a gallon-sized bag of lint that I keep as a really good source for fire starters for when I go camping.  One small spark is all it takes to light, and it gets a fire going quickly.  Maybe this little apartment living specific tip would help others.  -Joseph P.

Water:  My preparedness tip is to make having a good supply of water a top priority. Have several large size rigid (bpa free) water containers filled and ready as well as have bottles water in your bug out bag.  Amy S.

Minimum Preps:  I think if you live in an apartment with limited space and resources, there are two things that would be important. One, have at least one week of food, water and supplies (candles, batteries, toiletries, first aid, extra blankets, etc.) on hand, per person. You should have a source of boiling water such as a buddy burner, or BBQ, as you will need water for sanitation and heating or preparing food. You will need sanitation in case  you don’t have access to running water (a 5 gallon bucket with liner). Keep these items separate and accessible, such as in a large tote. Also, one should have a bug out bag for 3 days with a change of clothes and any medication needed. I think that if you need to leave immediately or stay in place, one should have both options available and ready at a moments notice. I of course could go into much more detail about both of these, but I think you get the idea.

The other thought I have is that one should utilize all available space creatively to store food. Stock up on sales and cover that table in the corner with a floor length table cloth and stack up food or toilet paper underneath. No one will know you have cans of food under there. I have found space in my closets between towels and sheets that are great for stashing bars of soap, deodorant, toothpaste, etc without trying to put it all into a box somewhere that takes up even more space. Be creative, just remember to rotate. -Rose

I always have some form of first aid available (I bought a basic Johnson and Johnson’s kit a few years ago; and now it’s time to update it), some water and basic food that I can eat. Since I am still in a mobile part of my life (recent grad), one of the first things I buy when moving into a new place is rice (about 2-3 pounds) and lentils (1-2 pounds). They keep for a good while and are pretty cheap. If I have the room, I’ll buy some spare water bottles. I also buy extra toilet paper if I have room.  My criteria for buying things is 1) What is the nutritional value of food that I am buying or how will this benefit me in the long run, 2) Can I take this with me for my next move aka is it transportable and long term storage, 3) If I can’t take it with me, how much money I am going to loose aka what’s my risk investment (what food and/or water during moves, I give to my church, local food bank or to a starving collage-aged friend).

In summary, I ask and make sure that 1) do I have a first aid kit? 2) Do I have (relatively cheap and long lasting) food that will help me get through a 3 day to 1 week crisis? 3) Do I have enough water? 4) Do I have at least one alternative way to cook/prep food?  (In collage I didn’t have number 4 down because that question didn’t pop in my head then.)

Living in Spain for the past 6 months has shown me how little I am prepared for anything and how much I need to prepare once I find a stable, consist income. ~Kim

I think apartment dwellers face many of the same challenges as those who live in houses. No matter where we live we all need at least a 72 hour kit, good locks/ door fortification, fire alarms and extinguishers, and a self defense tool. Like apartments, some houses can be more than 2 stories so a rope/emergency ladder wouldn’t hurt either.  – C. N., Ontario, Canada

Lots of garbage bags!  My tip is always have a full box of garbage bags at home. Garbage bags are useful obviously for disposing of trash, but also for acting as a disposable toilet in conjunction with a bucket, covering and protecting potted or un-potted plants during a sudden frost or storm, and for storing leftover water from the tub in an emergency situation until the water mains run out.

It can also act as a makeshift rain poncho with a few choice holes and can be cut into strips If needed to tie stakes. Stuffed with leaves it can also be used as a pillow and insulator.

Make sure to get the kind with the plastic cinch pull handles! It can also be used when the bag is used up as stake and plant ties, and also as trail markers.

Garbage bags are also cheap, picked up at any dollar tree. –Molly B.

I would think for the sake of space, invest in a food dehydrator. Also, most apartments only have one entrance door–fortify or replace (with permission) the standard entryway door. Most doors offer little or no protection: fortify the hinges, at the very least, add a peep hole and dead bolt.  –Lee P.

 Growing Food

Although I no longer live in an apartment, I think the largest challenge is growing your own food. This is a difficult skill to master, even James (The Covert Prepper) reassured me by saying it took him 3 seasons to get it right. I’m beginning my second with much excitement but also with the understanding that this is a skill, something to learn and test.

My best prepping tip for an apartment dweller would be to learn this skill and practice it at home. Try experiments with scraps, amazingly that celery grew! My cousin takes seeds from peppers she buys in the store, and plants them right into a pot in her kitchen, it works. I have also heard about a planting potatoes in a bucket, or potato tower, really quite the spatially economical way to grow. There are videos on youtube with people growing vertical window gardens using plastic bottles. For those fortunate enough to have a balcony, you can use pallets as vertical mediums, or James also recommended using eaves trough to create a garden on a wall. If you don’t have a balcony, I would suggest replacing house plants with food plants, begin with easier stuff like sprouts, radish or lettuce.  With just a little bit of imagination and some practice, this challenge can be overcome, an apartment can yield a great amount of food, certainly more than the average house working to produce grass. It’s a great skill to have, and a great feeling to grow your own food, yes, even in an apartment.  C. N., Ontario, Canada

Frugal Preps

Clean and completely dry some empty 2L soda bottles.   Buy food in bulk and store in 2L bottles with lid.  Rice, grits, sugar, salt and other course granular foods work well.  Store away from direct light.  You now have a waterproof, shatterproof, portable food container.  –TacSKS


We lived in an apartment for several years before buying our house and I always hated the fact that the management office and maintenance employees could come in anytime they pleased.  There were actually several thefts and it turned out to be a maintenance worker stealing while tenants were gone to work.  In order to keep my stash of emergency food, prescription meds, money, and other prepper-type items hidden in plain sight, I would use cardboard boxes and label them with really boring titles.  “Winter clothes, summer clothes, baby clotes, yard sale items, books, blankets, etc.”….basically nothing worth taking the time to rummage through when there was jewelery and electronics in plain sight.

The difficult part about prepping while living in an apartment complex, if how hard it can be to add any security to your home. You can be as prepared as possible, but if you can’t secure your living quarters from intruders, it is far too easy for them to break in and plunder your preparations.

The first point is to keep your preparations and plans to yourself. As nice as your neighbors seems, everyone gets desperate during difficult times. The fewer people living around you that know you have a stockpile of supplies, the less chance you have of them busting down you door looking for them.  Another seemingly obvious point is to not rent a ground floor apartment. It may be nice and convenient to not carry your groceries up a flight or two of stairs, you get multitudes better security by living on a higher floor. Intruders will be going for the easy break ins first, leaving you much more secure on your upper floor. Not to mention, all those stairs will give you that much more exercise in preparation!

Though most all apartment owners will not allow you to modify doors, windows, etc. to improve your security, there area few things you can do to bolster your perimeter fortifications. Be sure to place a metal pole in any patio door or horizontal sliding window. Though an intruder could still break the glass and enter through, they may be
looking for a stealthier option, and move to the next apartment unit that is less secured. For vertical sliding windows, a board or piece of 3/4″ plywood can be placed in the top section of the window to keep it from sliding up.

Hopefully with this added security, you can keep control of your carefully stockpiled supplies better.  -Greg Z.

1-If you were forced to relocate due to foreclosure or sale of a property you don’t own, what is a good alternative nearby?
2-Do you know where you would store your things and could you mobilize quickly?
3-What are your opsec needs? the population density changes your needs. My car is always out of gas and I am always out of food, if I am asked. secure your money/meds
4-What amenities can save you money ? free linen service? Tennis court? monthly swap meet? The mobile food pantry comes here twice a week. I have not had to touch my 3 month supply or buy paper goods at all!  A. H.,  houdiniphile, Charlotte, NC

Earthquake Preparedness

When prepping for an earthquake, you don’t necessary have to strap the shelf to the wall or glue the items to the shelf as suggested.  Simply put all your heavier items on the bottom.  In our house that meant putting all the books on the bottom & all the figurines on top.  In all the years we’ve lived in California, we’ve only had 1 or 2 items fall off a bookshelf in an earthquake & these were light paper items like Christmas cards.  breakable figurines & plates have stayed on the shelf!  The books seem to act as a weight that allows the bookshelf to sway with the quake but not topple over, keeping it upright & your items safe!

… that being said we haven’t had anything overly strong.  We lived through the Northridge quake but we were miles from the epicenter.  So – legal disclaimer – this isn’t a guarantee by any means.  But it’s worked at my home & at my office quite well.  So to be totally safe I guess do all 3: strap the shelf, glue the items & place heavier items like books on the bottom.  But places like my office won’t let you do that.  So my binders & manuals are on the bottom shelf & it’s survived 2 quakes now.  –Steffie

Know Your Neighbors

Get your *neighbors* to prep.

If things go sideways, you’ll be surrounded by hungry and increasingly desperate people who live mere inches away from your home and family.

The key, however, is to be low-key and not alarmist. You also don’t want tip your hand about supplies you have stored.

Strike up conversations at the rubbish bin or mailbox. “Hey, did you hear about that earthquake/flood/tornado in <wherever>? I heard that it took a week for them to get food, water, and power back. Makes one think, doesn’t it? You know… WE should store some water, food, lanterns, and candles in case the power goes out in our building!”

Follow up in a few weeks with a pamphlet explaining how to build an emergency kit. Work your way through the building. Contact the Red Cross or other organization to see if someone will come speak to your Neighborhood Watch chapter or HOA. Post notices about local emergency preparation fairs sponsored by the fire department or the city. Get them talking to EACH OTHER about preparedness.

The more people who are prepared, the better it is for all of us.  —     A. Prepper

I think the most important survival tip for an apartment dweller is to know your neighbors.  By living in an apartment, you have limitations of what, and how much, gear, water, food, ammo, etc, you can store.  You will most likely not be able to rely only on yourself.  By forging some kind of bond with your neighbors, you create a sense of community that lends itself to banding together in times of need.  In nonemergency times, it is still a great idea to know your neighbors.  When your life is on the line, it is imperative to know who you can count on.  –L. N.

© Apartment Prepper 2015

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5 Uses for Old Coffee Grounds that Really Work

Uses for coffee grounds

As you know I love a good cup of coffee in the morning and brew my own on a daily basis. I’ve learned how to brew coffee without electricity; I’ve even set aside coffee for emergencies to make sure I can get my daily dose.  But what do you do with the used coffee grounds?

Here are 5 uses for used coffee grounds that really work:

  1. Make more coffee the next day. This sounds weird and might offend coffee aficionados. I thought the same thing until I tried it. Here’s how I do it: On day 1, leave the used coffee grounds in the basket. Refrigerate for maximum freshness. The next day, use half as much fresh coffee grounds as you normally use and add it to the previous day’s coffee grounds. Brew with the same amount of water. The coffee comes out decent tasting and you are using less. Do the same thing the next day, until your filter basket is full. Use those coffee grounds for something else and start over.
  2. Freshen your refrigerator or freezer. I found out used coffee grounds are even more effective at removing refrigerator and freezer odors than baking soda. The ice cubes from my apartment freezer were tasting and smelling stale even though I had a box of baking soda in there. I placed a bowl of used coffee grounds in the freezer. The next day, the odors were gone and the ice cubes did not retain any of the staleness. Amazing!
  3. Use as scouring powder for pots and pans. Instead of Ajax or Bon-Ami, use your old coffee grounds to scrub your pots and pans. Rinse well. As you know, you are not supposed to use harsh detergents on your cast iron pots.  Wet the pot, add a teaspoon of coffee grounds and use a soft sponge to scrub it.  Throw the scrubbed grounds in the trash after you are done.
  4. Remove odors from your hands.  Scrub your hands with old coffee grounds before washing with soap and water.
  5. Keep animals off your lawn.   We had a small strip of grass in front of our unit that occasionally got pooped on.  (Irresponsible pet owners are mainly at fault for letting their pet run loose but don’t get me started on that)  I started throwing used coffee grounds on the grass.  I had read that cats do not like to get the grounds on their paws.  I think dogs don’t like it as well.   This actually worked on keeping animals out of the grass.  Once it rains you will need to reapply.

There are other uses for used coffee grounds such as adding it to compost, fertilizing plants, repairing furniture scratches, using as a dye for Easter eggs and paper etc. but I have not tried these uses personally.  Please share in the comments below your favorite uses for coffee grounds.